John M. Pasternak
Composer, Arranger (ASCAP) and Music Educator
John M. Pasternak
Composer, Arranger (ASCAP) and Music Educator
About John
John   M.   Pasternak   has   been   an   active   musician   since   2003   while he   founded   and   directed   several   community   groups.   In   Fall   of   2005, John    attended    Kent    State    University    (KSU)    where    he    pursued    a Bachelor   of   Music   Education   degree.   While   a   student,   John   served   as President     of     the     Kent     State     Ohio     Collegiate     Music     Education Association   (OCMEA)   Chapter,   was   Staff   Arranger   for   the   Kent   State Marching    Golden    Flashes    and    wrote    scores    for    two    Kent    State Independent   Films.   He   also   worked   composed   and   conducted   works for   the   KSU   Ensembles.   In   2008,   John   was   elected   as   a   member   of   the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). After    graduating    from    Kent    State    University,    John    began    his teaching    career    in    January    2013    and    has    taught    Band,    Choir    and General    Music    to    students    of    all    ages.    John    also    has    been    a    guest clinician   at   the   Middle   School   High   School   and   College   level   for   both   his compositions   and   teaching   experience.   He   is   also   currently   an   active member of the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA). While    teaching    full    time,    John    is    also    a    composer    with    works published    by    RWS    Music    Company,    Carl    Fischer    and    Bandworks Publications.   John   is   also   writing   his   first   book   “Teaching   Composition in the Classroom: A Guide for New Composers.”
Teaching Philosophy
My   teaching   philosophy   is   simple:   Make   music   accessible and     enjoyable     for     as     many     people     as     possible.     I     do     this     by   choosing   music   that   is   appropriate   to   the   ensembles   I   works   with. I     also     assess     groups     using     formative     and     summative assessments    and   then   use   the   data    to   plan   rehearsals   and future music selections. Whether   leading   a   warm-up   or   a   sectional,   my   ensembles and   classes   are   mostly   student   lead    which   allows   for   students   to take   more   ownership   in   their   ensembles   and   classes.   This   makes students   become   more   involved   and   form   a   better   understanding of   the   material   our   groups   work   on.   It   also   helps   students   build comradery and build a section rapport. Differentiation    is   a   huge   part   of   my   classroom.   My   daily teaching    includes    ways    to    learn    for    Visual,    Auditory    and Kinesthetic   learners.   In   addition,   students   are   also   differentiated by   instrument   sections   and   within   those   sections,   more   advanced students   help   students   who   are   struggling   with   the   material.   By doing    this,    it    helps    my    lessons    reach    a    broader    variety    of students     and     makes     the     classroom     a     more     welcoming environment. Since   2004,   I   have   worked   with   musicians   just   starting their   musical   journey   in   fifth   grade   to   musicians   who   are   retired and   just   performing   for   fun.   I   believe   music   should   not   only   be accessible    to    performers    but    for    wide    audiences    as    well.    My groups   perform   for   audiences   ranging   from   retirement   homes   and concert halls.   
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All Materials, Including but not limited to Music, Photos, Sounds, Logos and Information are © 2017 John M Pasternak. All Rights Reserved.
John can be reached by email at john@johnpasternak.com.
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